September is National Preparedness Month and the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services
(SacOES) would like to remind residents about the importance of being prepared for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.
The theme of the 2021 National Preparedness Month is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”
“National Preparedness Month is a great time to think about the types of disasters and emergencies we might face, and take steps to prepare for these scenarios,” said Mary Jo Flynn-Nevins, Sacramento County Chief of Emergency Services. “Preparing for disasters before they start is a great way to set yourself up for success. Prepared communities handle and recover from disasters more efficiently and effectively than unprepared communities.”
Each week in September focuses on a different aspect of emergency preparedness:
Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to COVID-19.
Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.
- Sept. 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness
Natural disasters don’t wait for a convenient time. Preparing for them shouldn’t wait either. Start today by signing up for alerts, safe-guarding important documents, and taking other low cost and no cost preparedness actions to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies for you and your family.
- Sept. 19-25: Teach Youth About Preparedness
Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.